Ride-hailing app Uber on Tuesday blazoned that it has desisted from operating its app in Karachi, Multan, Faisalabad, Peshawar, and Islamabad.
“Uber remains married to Pakistan — we will continue to serve these five metropolises with our attachment brand Careem and continue to operate the Uber app in Lahore,” the company said in a statement posted on its website.
The company said that it’ll continue to offer its services in Lahore with new product launches to” support earners during these delicate times”.
It said it would communicate with its riders and mates in the five metropolises on how to use and easily transition to Careem.
“When we acquired Careem, it was always our belief that the two companies could come together to round each other’s strengths and better serve the region through acclimatized guests,” the statement added.
The company said it was apprehensive this was a “delicate time” for its brigades, which had “worked incredibly hard to make this business over the once many times”.
“We greatly appreciate everyone’s benefactions and our precedence is to minimize the impact on our workers, motorists, riders, and Hero mates who use the Uber app during this change in Karachi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan, and Peshawar,” the statement reads.
Uber completed its accession of rival Careem in 2020 for $3.1 billion. It was said at the time that Careem and Uber would continue to offer their separate indigenous services and continue operations as independent brands.
With the finalisation of the deal, Uber acquired Careem’s mobility, delivery, and payments businesses across the lesser Middle East region, with major requests including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Meanwhile, in a statement latterly moment, Careem said that it would continue serving guests in 10 functional metropolises across Pakistan. We’re investing in growing our operations and furnishing our guests with safer, more dependable, and affordable mobility results.
“We’re concentrated on our purpose of simplifying and perfecting lives in the country. We explosively believe in our Super App vision, and a successful Ride-hailing business is abecedarian to it. Careem continues to serve guests in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, Faisalabad, and Peshawar, confidently, in addition to 5 other metropolises where we operate,” it said.
The statement added that Careen was the colonist of Ride-hailing in Pakistan and since its commencement in 2016, “we have invested over $100 million, created over 8,00,000 income openings for Captains in Pakistan, and have over 9 million registered guests on our Super App”.